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The Diaomnd Blade Depot is constantly inserting more and more information on diamond saw blades and diamond blade products. Whether your new to the trade or a seasoned professional you will be able to have the knowledge it takes to properly buy the right diamond product for your high performance job. Learn how diamond saw blades can save you money, terms of the trade, and know your Diamond Products.

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Types of Diamond Products

Saving Money with Diamond Saw Blades

Common Terms of the Trade

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Types of Diamond Products



 
Turbofaster, cleaner cut on everything EXCEPT green asphalt or block
(Reduced life).
Segmentedlonger life on everything.  7mm to 12mm Segment
Continuous Rimclean cut on tile and marble only.
Turbo Segmentedfast clean cut on pavers or hard brick… also heavy
weight block. 
▪ Conversion Segments – Available in 3 bonds for variable speeds:
Soft-Medium-Hard 
Tuck pointsthick (.250) for mortar or joint removal.
Crack Chasersdoing crack chasing in concrete – 4” or 7”
Cup Wheelsgrinding on surfaces, 4” or 7”.
          ○ Single Row – roughing concrete/masonry mastics/glue
          ○ Double Row – for finishing concrete/masonry
          ○ Turbo – usually for stone (fine medium or coarse grits…coarse most
             common)
Core Bitstypically used on electric drills for ceramic tile and marble. 1 3/8”
          for plumbing. 1 ¼” for granite kitchen sinks.  Used wet or dry.  Threaded or
          Non-threaded.  Non-threaded comes with a straight shank, for a Jacobs
          Chuck.
Core Bits for Core Drill
▪ Walk behind Blades…
Other Useful Information…
Diamond saw blades are circular steel discs with a diamond bearing edge used by the
   construction industry for purposes of sawing through solid materials.
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7 ways diamond saw blades can save you money

  1. Your Abrasive blades simply cost to much, both field and lab tests indicate that it takes nearly 100 abrasive blades to equal the capability of just 1 diamond saw blade. And when you look at the typical waste factor for abrasives, the  real cost of these blades become clear .
    Consider your last box of 10 abrasive blades. Two were probably broken in the back of the truck. One got wet. Several more became too small to make the required  depth-of-cut and had to be replaced. Still another went unused past the manufacturer's recommended life span. In typical operations, only 50% of abrasive blades purchased are actually used. So in real world of cutting concrete you may need up to 200 abrasive blades to achieve the cutting capacty of a single diamond saw blade. And even though a premium diamond saw blade may cost 300 compared to 60 for a box of abrasive blades..... Not only do you save money but the quality of the cut when using diamond saw blades can in no way be compared to the poor quality when using Abrasive Blades..  As shown below you can save over 900$ for every diamond saw blade you use rather then that box of 60 abrasive blades..

    Typical Blade Costs
    Abrasive blades   200 blades
    diamond saw blades   1 blade  




  2. Twice the cutting speed equals twice the potential revenue.. The plain truth is that diamond saw blades cut twice as fast as  abrasive blades. This gap widens as the concrete gets harder. So in the given amount of time, diamond saw blades give you the capacity to accomplish at least twice the work. For concrete crews... twice the work can translate into twice the money. It's as simple as that .  Beyond the fact that diamond saw blades simply cut concrete faster interruptions from numerous blade changes and possible fatigue.

    Time to cut 200 Inch/Feet of Medium-Hard Concrete
    Abrasive blades   16in./ft.  
    diamond saw blades       1600 in./ft.


    Concrete cutting copacity of one diamond saw blade
    Abrasive blades     120 mins
    Diamond saw blades   60 mins  


  3. Every time you Change a blade.... YOU LOSE MONEY...!  as shown before it can take more then 100 abrasive blades to do the same job as one diamond saw blade. So consider your lost productivity when you stop to change blades a 100 times. And how many “3 minute blade changes" end up being 10 or more 15 minutes because they really go like this
    1. Leave job site 6. Gete wrench
    2. Go to truck 7. Change blade
    3. Search for diamond saw blade 8. Fill machine
    4. Take a coffee break 9. Restart Machine
    5. Walk back to job site 10.. Get back to work
     
  4. Add it up you cant afford not to  use diamond saw blades. Just considering tool cost, labor costs and tool change costs alone shows you the savings you can enjoywith the diamond saw blades. In fact, you may be shocked by how much cutting concrete with abrasive blades actully costs you per inch/foot. And while economy diamond saves you money compared to cutting concrete with abrasive blades, using premium diamond saw blades can save you even more as followeing charts illustrates . GRAPH GOES HERE

    Cost to Cut medium-hard concrete
    (per in/ft.)
    Abrasive       $1.17
    Economy Diamond     $0.64  
    Premium Diamond   $0.13    


  5. Lower Long-term Equipment Costs.  Your equipment costs are also lower when you use diamond saw blades because diamond saw blade cutting results in less wear and tear then cutting with abrasive blades. Cutting with diamond saw blades mean lower vibration plus a cleaner quicker cuts producing way less dust. In actual field surveys, high-speed hand saws have been shown to require rebuilding only half as often when when cutting with abrasive blades once again saving you time and money.

  6. Higher Quality Cuts. diamond saw blade cuts are far superior in quality and precision to anything that abrasive blades can achieve. Not only do diamond saw blades cut much more easily, their resistance to wear produces superior cut-to-cut consistency. Clean precise diamond saw blade cuts also reduce cleanup while providing fixture ready forms that don't require additional time consuming concrete patching.(Add image that shows how much better a diamond saw blade cuts then an abrasive blade)

  7. Safety and liability. The constriction trades are already dangerous. So it makes seanse to keep risk to a minimum by using diamond saw blades instead of abrasive blades that can get wet and weaken. The laser weld on a dry-cutting diamond saw blade, for example, is stronger then the solid steel core its self. So, when you use diamond saw blades properly, you eliminate many of the chipping problems that can occur with abrasive blades. And because diamond saw blades cut much more easily then  abrasive blades, the potential for injury from operator fatigue is also lower.As a result, your potential liability costs can be lowered as well. Since injury is more likely the longer the tool is used, diamond saw blades speed becomes another very important factor in lowering risk..

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    Common Terms of the Trade

    - Brazing/hot cold pressed – Segments are attached to the body of the blade by “fusing silver solder” between the segment and the core.
    - Control Joint – A cut made in fresh concrete to prevent cracking as the slab hardens.
    - Core (blank) – The precision made steel body of the diamond blade. The core has a predetermined bond, for each application, to allow the blade to remain flat and straight during operation.
    - Diamond Quality – Higher quality diamonds contain sharper points effecting cleaner cuts.
    - Diamond Size and Shape – High concentrations of small stones provide for a slow cut. Low concentration of large stones provide for a fast cut.
    - Diamond Concentration – Higher concentration the better the blade.
    - Drive Pin Hole – The hole just off the center of the blade. Walk behind saws commonly have a drive pin off-center of the arbor to enter the blade and prevent slipping of the blade during cutting.
    - Inch Feet – A cut one inch deep and one foot long equals one inch foot. Used as a measurement of blade life. A five foot long cut five inches deep would be twenty five inch feet.
    - Keyhole – The round holes at the end of the slots, further protecting the boy from cracks.
    - Laser Weld – Stronger of the two and is more expensive. Pad is attached by a laser beam.
    - Segment – The actual part of the blade, which does the cutting. The segment contains a diamond matrix topping Pad Joint.
    - Slot (Gullet) – The spaces between the segments on the diamond blade. Slots are an integral part of the diamond blade – relieving “core stress” which can cause core cracks.
    - Slurry – The material/waste that is generated by a diamond saw blade. Thin chalky appearance unless you are cutting wet – a fine muddy appearance.
    - Under cutting – Excessive wearing in the blank usually at the joint. This is caused by slurry being too abrasive, cutting into the blade. Undercutting may lead to segment loss.
    - Protection from undercutting is provided by segments mounted at an angle on the blade or carbide inserts welded every 4 to 6 inches.

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